November 5, 2019
It was a bright day for both parents and 190 young graduates from East Africa University (EAU), GAROWE BRANCH in multiple disciplines of sciences, social studies, environmental protection and business management.
According to EAU President, Aden Sheikhdon, about another 600 students graduate this year from the main campus in Bosaso. It was remarkable to note that five of the six honor graduates from the 190 students were girls.
EAU President had re-minded the audience of the history of long struggles of Puntland Education over the years since the collapse of the Somali Central Government in 1991. Former and long serving Somali Minister of Education, Aden Mohamed Ali, spoke on the occasion, emphasizing the importance of strengthening studies in Education, Health and the Environment.
Puntland President, Said Abdullahi Deni, whose background is in building basic education schools in Puntland, spoke elegantly on the occasion, pointing out the challenges accompanying with each university graduation in terms of availability of job opportunities and need for skill training for today’s labour market.
The gathering, however, had failed to address the pressing concerns of Puntland students on having legitimate and equal opportunities in national scholarships, whereby the Federal Government of Somalia is an obstacle to equal distribution of overseas scholarships and educational grants.
While at it, I am pleased to remind all that I, as former Chief of Staff at Puntland Presidency, had worked out with the First Team of Puntland Educators, to properly license the EAU. It took several rounds of tough talks for the Team to produce and satisfy the university standards needed to get Puntland State License in 1999.